A Simple Lifesaver
With more than 30,000 cases of oral cancer being diagnosed each year, scheduling an appointment for a professional oral cancer exam is a smart decision. As a silently progressive disease with few early symptoms, oral cancer is easily overlooked until it has reached advanced stages. As a result, more than 7000 lives are lost to oral cancer each year – many of which could have been saved with early diagnosis and effective treatment.
Malignant squamous cell carcinoma is the most commonly occurring form of oral cancer, and typically begins in the mouth and lips. However, oral cancer can also occur in the throat, face, gums, tongue, and salivary glands. Unfortunately, without a professional examination, the signs of this disease can be difficult to recognize.